Our Top 12 can finally breathe easy after braving two preliminary rounds of competition. There were no rules for making these nails, as we wanted our finalists to be as creative as possible in celebrating their success.
Several international competitors threw their hat into the ring this year for a shot at the most prestigious title in the nail industry. Our judges have had the difficult task of choosing just 12 to represent the best of the best in the beauty business. This year’s finalists join us from Canada, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, and Holland in addition to the U.S. Please join NAILS and top sponsor CND as we congratulate these 12 artists who will be competing for your vote starting September 12.
In order for us to get to know our Top 18 better, we asked them to sculpt on a single nail tip (any size) one thing we probably didn’t know about them (a hobby, hidden talent, personality trait etc.). This had to be a 3-D design. Contestants were allowed to use a variety of products (liquid + powder, gel, gel-polish, paints, glitter) save for pre-made nail art accessories.
The judges were looking to see originality, 3-D skills, and learn more about the contestants. Unfortunately, six contestants had to be eliminated from this round. The remaining competitors will go on to compete for the title of NAILS Next Top Nail Artist, beginning September 12.
Season Four’s first pre-challenge centered around top sponsor CND’s newest launch. The Creative Play polish line encourages nail artists to “Play outside the box.” We tasked our Top 24 with creating nail art unlike anything we had seen before.
It was another competitive year as nail techs the world over applied for a shot at the top title in the industry. The staff at NAILS Magazine had the tough task of choosing 24 global semi-finalists who will go on to compete in the pre-challenge rounds of NAILS Next Top Nail Artist Season Four. Please join NAILS and top sponsor CND in congratulating these 24 artists.